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Vol. 11 No. 1 — Jan/Feb 2004
In the Spotlight
by Kathy Felix • Managing Editor/ News & Reviews Editor


THE PRODUCT: netTrekker
Available online

THE COMPANY: Thinkronize
15 Triangle Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45246

Phone: 877/517-1125

netTrekker, a subscription Web site, provides a straightforward search engine designed specifically for K-12 education. The extensive site links to more than 180,000 educator-selected online resources—including 18,000 lesson plans and learning exercises—all aligned to state academic standards.

The Elementary area, for grades K-5, provides content organized in the subject areas of the Arts, Health and Physical Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, Religion, Science, Social Studies, and Technology.

Each subject area includes a number of content groups. The Elementary Language Arts subject area, for example, includes Reading and Visual Literacy, Literature, Speaking and Listening, Journalism, and Writing and Grammar. Each group provides classroom resources, as well as a Famous People button that links to sites about and related to relevant famous people. At the time this article was written, the Reading Skills area provided links to information tied to 11 individuals, listed alphabetically, from Aesop to Robert Louis Stevenson.

Additional features on the Elementary home page include a Theme Search and Famous People search, as well as links to a Featured Topic, References, and Teacher Tools.

The classroom resources are linked to state standards and are organized by state, grade, strand, and specific standard. A search for the Virginia Standards of Learning 4th grade Science strand on scientific investigation brought up nine lesson plans, 10 learning exercises, two learning games, six learning resources with graphics or visual elements, and two resources with maps and charts.

Each of the classroom resources includes reliability, grade level, and overall ratings, as well as the name and resume of the teacher/evaluator who juried the resource into the database. The state standards database is provided by Academic Benchmarks of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The Secondary area, for grades 6-12, features resources for the Arts, Foreign Language, Health and Physical Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, Philosophy and Religion, Science, Social Studies, Technology, and Vocational Education.

A current events feature in this area provides links to both U.S. and world news. The U.S. news links include news organized by state, curricular subject area, and the subject of education. The world news links are organized by continent and news organization sites. Both the U.S. and world news areas feature a Famous People section.

Additional features on the Secondary home page include an encyclopedia, grammar guide, maps, calculator, math formulas, and a Wordsmyth window that allows users to find exact, broad, or spelled-like matches.

The netTrekker Web site also offers a Timeline, Cross-Curricular Search, expanded Famous People search features, and Save Search options.

The Timeline provides a chronological index of eras, events, famous people, art, and innovations throughout history. The Cross-Curricular Search features resources useful for interdisciplinary or team-teaching.

The expanded Famous People search features allow users to locate information on famous individuals meeting specific search criteria, including ethnic and cultural heritage, occupation/profession, gender, and time period. The Save Search options allow users to save their search results on the netTrekker server for future review, modification, or delivery to students.

A 14-day free trial is available by contacting the company by phone or e-mail []. District, school, and individual subscriptions are offered.

­Kathie Felix

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